“The creative adult is the child who survived.”
Ursula Le Guin
Introducing the new format, skinny Creative Spark e-news…I’m sorry it’s been such a long time since my last e-news.
I’ve been busy, which is great, however, it feels a bit hectic. I’ve heard a lot of friends who work in the creative sector saying the same.
I have been wanting to restart my e-news for the past few weeks as I love sharing all the tips and idea that whizz around in my head constantly. So, I decided to keep things simple.
I hope you like the new format e-news which explores…
5 things you can do if, like me, you’ve got a lot onContinue reading
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
I’m sure I’m not alone in being in a state of shock by the sudden arrival of Covid-19 back in March. After a few weeks when the initial paralysis had passed, I learned some useful things. When talking to friends I’ve described the experience of the last four months as, “like going on a retreat”. Why is change so difficult? I find it hard to instigate change without going through pain or discomfort first. Although there are a lot of negatives to the Covid-19 crisis, there have been some positives for me. I hope you have found the same.Continue reading
Finding Your Way in Uncertain Times
“We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.”
I woke up on a Saturday morning about six weeks ago feeling spaced out and a bit odd. I recognised the feeling as signs of anxiety. I have been lucky in my life and haven’t really suffered from anxiety and so when it does turn up it’s not a feeling that I’m used to. I’ve heard a lot of people describe their experience of the Covid-19 crisis as, “like a wave”. One minute you’re having a good day and then, without warning, you wake up the next day feeling a bit odd. I spent most of that weekend wandering around; not doing much, thinking and drawing a blank. I couldn’t work out the cause. After a whole weekend of thinking, I realised that the cause of my worry was uncertainty!Continue reading
The Six Habits of a Recovering Work-a-holic
“When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.”
― Dr. Seuss
I’m motivated, I get loads done and am focused, most of the time. Being super busy is always seen as a good thing. But is it? Especially when you realise that you don’t know how to stop.
Covid-19 has changed so many things in our lives, some are good and some bad. One good thing this crisis has done for me is that it’s forced me to stop and has given me space to think.
Back in March, we had a lovely weekend away in St Albans meeting up with family. After such a lovely weekend I came down to earth with a bump the following week when the true scale of the situation hit me. My workload reduced, forcing me to question why I was sitting at my desk as I didn’t have any work to do. For the next 3-4 weeks I got up every morning and sat at my desk. It took me a while to realise that I didn’t know how to stop working or switch off. I had planned a week off in early May but the idea of a week at home scared me. I didn’t know how to stop work things going around my head.Continue reading
Focus and prioritising your creative goals
I have never felt as unsettled and uncertain as now. Over the past month my emotions have been unpredictable, approaching like a wave. One morning, I wake up relaxed and calm without a care in the world. Then, the following day I have feelings of anxiety from a lack of knowledge about what comes next.
I am excited about what the future might hold and the positive changes that I’m sure will happen as a result. I often say I love change and as a result what we are all going through feels like a test. Am I happy to jump in with both feet? What personal changes am I prepared to make? What are the processes that will help me to be open to possibility? How can I support others to come through tough times? How can we all support each other more? There are so many questions, popping up in my head, all the time.Continue reading